Band Announcements

There is no school on Monday, September 17th due to a teacher work day. School resumes on Tuesday, September 18th. 

Band students have been learning quickly as they begin work in their Sound Innovations book! We will be focusing on instrument parts and instrument maintenance this week during band class. Students should practice at home by reviewing page 5 and focusing on page 6 in their Sound Innovations book. Students are encouraged to practice with a metronome- a link to a free online metronome can be found at the left of this page. 

With all of the above things to practice, band students should be practicing at home at least 15-20 minutes each day. This means the instrument needs to go home after band lesson days and come back to school again on the next band lesson day. Students should ask their classroom teacher where to keep their band instrument when they bring it to school- each classroom has a procedure for this that is slightly different depending on the size and shape of the classroom. Band students should also make sure to bring their book (Sound Innovations, Book 1), a pencil and their band folder every day.  

Not sure what your child should be practicing at home on their instrument? Please ask your child- they would love to show you what they have learned so far in band! You can also look at the box on the bottom right of this page to see an outline of what students should practice at home.  

Feel free to contact Mr. Cosby at any time with any questions you have about band lessons- his contact information is in the box on the left of this page.

-Mr. Cosby

Prairie Wind Band Schedule

No School
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, March 8, 2018
End Date/Time:
Friday, March 9, 2018
Recurring Event:
One time event
Importance:
Normal Priority
Description:
Owned by Tom Cosby On Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Prairie Wind Band Documents

 Title Description
Band Registration FormDownloadThis is the form all students must complete if they want to be in band this year. Please return the form to Mr. Cosby as soon as possible.
Overview of Band LessonsDownloadThis document describes the basic concepts that are taught in the elementary band lesson at Prairie Wind.
Band Schedule/CalendarDownloadThis calendar will help band students remember when to bring their instruments to school. Students also keep track of their practice time on this calendar.
REMIND InvitationDownloadThis letter explains how to receive text and/or email reminders to help you and your student remember when to bring their instrument to school. This is the best way to never forget your instrument at home!

How to Contact Mr. Cosby

Phone #: 402-659-2618

School #: 402-491-0859

Email: thomas.cosby@ops.org  

Band Lessons at Prairie Wind

Welcome to the Prairie Wind Band webpage! I am excited you have chosen to visit and learn more about band lessons at Prairie Wind... please feel free to explore this webpage to find out more about band lessons. The overview of band lessons document at the bottom of the page explains in detail the concepts that are taught at Prairie Wind in elementary band lessons. The calendar to the left shows the days there are band lessons. Please refer back to it often as I typically update the calendar at the beginning of each month. 

If you have any questions, concerns or you are just curious about your child's musical experience in band lessons, feel free to contact me at any time! My contact information is just above this box...

Happy Practicing!

Mr. Cosby

What to Practice at Home

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18th

WOODWINDS & BRASS

  1. Breathing/Sizzle Exercises (use metronome)- 1 minute.
  2. Mouthpiece/Headjoint Practice (use metronome)- 2-5 minutes.
  3. Assemble Instrument/quality sound on entire instrument (use metronome)- 1-2 minutes.
  4. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  5. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6 all (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  6. Written Activities: Complete Parts of Instrument Activity- due on Thursday, 9-20 -2 minutes. 
  7. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 16-24 minutes.

PERCUSSION

  1. Stretching (prepare to play)- 1 minute.
  2. Assemble Instrument- 1 minute.
  3. Mallet stroke practice on notes of your choice (see pg. 11 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  4. Mallet Note Reading Review (see pg. 7-9 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  5. Basic Bell Practice (see pg. 12 in packet- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  6. Snare Drum Stroke Practice on pad (see pg. 4-5 of packet- use metronome)- 2 minutes.
  7. Snare Drum Reading Practice on pad (handout- use metronome)- 6 minutes.
  8. REVIEW- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 5 all (use metronome)- 5 minutes.
  9. FOCUS- Sound Innovations Book: pg. 6 all (use metronome)- 5-8 minutes.
  10. Written Activities: Complete Parts of Instrument Activity- due on Thursday, 9-20 -2 minutes. 
  11. Stretching (relaxation of muscles)- 1 minute.
  12. Put instrument safely away in case- 1 minute.

FULL PERCUSSION PRACTICE TIME TOTAL = 28-32 minutes.